The raw material basis of global value chains: allocating environmental responsibility based on value generation

Pinero, Pablo ORCID: and Bruckner, Martin ORCID: and Wieland, Hanspeter ORCID: and Pongrácz, Eva ORCID: and Giljum, Stefan ORCID: (2019) The raw material basis of global value chains: allocating environmental responsibility based on value generation. Economic Systems Research, 31 (2). pp. 206-227. ISSN 1469-5758


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A new approach to allocate environmental responsibility, the "value added-based responsibility" allocation, is presented in this article. This metric allocates total environmental pressures occurring along an international supply chain to the participating sectors and countries according to the share of value added they generate within that specific supply chain. We show that - due to their position in global value chains - certain sectors (e.g. services) and countries (e.g. Germany) receive significantly greater responsibility compared to other allocation approaches. This adds a new perspective to the discussions concerning a fair distribution of mitigation costs among nations, companies and consumers.

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Additional Information: Pablo Piñero thanks the University of Oulu Graduate School and the Academy of Finland under the project Transition Pathways Towards Circular Economy - TRANSCIRC (App. No. 310405), for the financial support of this research. Martin Bruckner, Hanspeter Wieland and Stefan Giljum appreciate financial support by the ERC Grant "FINEPRINT" (Grant No. 725525) from the European Commission. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Economic Systems Research, available online
Keywords: material flow accounting; material footprint; raw materials; shared responsibility; value added
Divisions: Departments > Sozioökonomie > Ecological Economics
Version of the Document: Accepted for Publication
Depositing User: Gertraud Novotny
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2019 12:28
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2020 15:43
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